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      Evidence and consensus recommendations for the pharmacological management of pain in India

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          Despite enormous progress in the field of pain management over the recent years, pain continues to be a highly prevalent medical condition worldwide. In the developing countries, pain is often an undertreated and neglected aspect of treatment. Awareness issues and several misconceptions associated with the use of analgesics, fear of adverse events – particularly with opioids and surgical methods of analgesia – are major factors contributing to suboptimal treatment of pain. Untreated pain, as a consequence, is associated with disability, loss of income, unemployment and considerable mortality; besides contributing majorly to the economic burden on the society and the health care system in general. Available guidelines suggest that a strategic treatment approach may be helpful for physicians in managing pain in real-world settings. The aim of this manuscript is to propose treatment recommendations for the management of different types of pain, based on the available evidence. Evidence search was performed by using MEDLINE (by PubMed) and Cochrane databases. The types of articles included in this review were based on randomized control studies, case–control or cohort studies, prospective and retrospective studies, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based consensus recommendations. Articles were reviewed by a multidisciplinary expert panel and recommendations were developed. A stepwise treatment algorithm-based approach based on a careful diagnosis and evaluation of the underlying disease, associated comorbidities and type/duration of pain is proposed to assist general practitioners, physicians and pain specialists in clinical decision making.

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                Journal
                J Pain Res
                J Pain Res
                Journal of Pain Research
                Journal of Pain Research
                Dove Medical Press
                1178-7090
                2017
                29 March 2017
                : 10
                : 709-736
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Delhi Pain Management Centre, New Delhi, Delhi
                [2 ]Department of Orthopaedics, Raja Rajeswari Medical College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka
                [3 ]Daradia Pain Clinic, Kolkata, West Bengal
                [4 ]Department of Medical Affairs, Janssen India, Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Prashant Narang, Department of Medical Affairs, Janssen India, Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd, 501 Arena Space, Off Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road, Jogeshwari East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Tel +91 98 1164 6909, Email pnarang1@ 123456ITS.JNJ.com
                Article
                jpr-10-709
                10.2147/JPR.S128655
                5386610
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